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Robert Weltchek

Partner
Weltchek, Mallahan & Weltchek

Robert WeltchekKnown as “a maverick in the courtroom,” Robert “Bob” Weltcheck has battled major corporations such as ExxonMobil and General Motors in his work as an attorney and partner at Weltcheck, Mallahan and Weltcheck, but is “a teddy bear” when it comes to children and his work for the Casey Cares Foundation, wrote Casey Baynes, the nonprofit’s founder and executive director.

Weltcheck, who has worked with the charity for nine years — serving as board president and gala chair — has helped raise nearly $360,000 through the gala for the Baltimore nonprofit that offers program support to families in the Mid-Atlantic region raising critically-ill children.

Baynes, who nominated Weltcheck for the Leadership in Law honor, wrote, “He has adopted Casey Cares and is involved in it 365 days a year. His leadership has made such a positive impact on us.”

As a lawyer, Weltcheck wrote that one of his most significant professional accomplishments was his induction as a fellow at the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers. He said that the big verdicts he’s gained in Maryland over the last 30 years, along with his work with some of the best lawyers in Maryland, including Arnold Weiner, William “Billy” Murphy and his son, Nolan Weltcheck — also a partner in his firm — are his proudest moments.

Weltcheck broke ground on several fronts: taking on the lawn care industry in the 1980s for its use of chemicals, the accounting industry for unfair consulting fees, and drug manufacturers for selling a dangerous pill to pregnant women, he wrote.

“I was the first to get a verdict against a cardiologist who was routinely performing unnecessary stent procedures on hundreds of patients,” he wrote. “I was among the first to take on the auto industry for defective seatbelts.”

Weltcheck wrote that he takes great satisfaction in winning financial security for clients whose families are facing catastrophic illnesses so they can maximize their quality of life.

“I hope that I have set an example for my son (who is also one of my partners) and for many young attorneys, that you need to take on tough issues and take chances and not always be consumed with winning,” he said.

I hope that I have set an example for my son (who is also one of my partners) and for many young attorneys, that you need to take on tough issues and take chances and not always be consumed with winning.”

This is a winner profile from The Daily Record's 2019 Leadership in Law awards. Information for this profile was sourced from the honoree's application for the award.